Dining Out, Our Top 5

Where to go (and what to eat) for the perfect first date  

November 1, 2018, Author: Bianca Spinner

After careful deliberation and plenty of nom nomming we have come up with our top five first date picks. And, you know that if you survived the first date you might enter into the honeymoon phase. So, we’ve found a way to ensure the romance continues… you’re so welcome.  

La Boqueria Parktown North for the lovey-dovey vibe 

This will be a date night with an electric ambience in a popular and stylish setting. Not only will you be dining in one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in town, but you’ll be chowing down on delicious dishes too. 

What to order: We recommend starting it off casual with their edamame beans splashed with rock salt, chilli, soya and lime, followed by a tapas-style dinner, because sharing equals romance. Then spoil yourselves with a bottle of Groot Constantia Sauvignon Banc 2017, trust us the result will be worth the R320.

17 3rd Ave, Parktown North

011 325 0011 


Richmond Studio Café for the perfect brunch date

We recently discovered this little Jozi gem on a walk-through Melville and let’s just say we’ve never looked back. It is the definition of cool and in this environment, your date will feel confidently relaxed and you’ll really get to know one another and the city.

What to order: Firstly, they serve Origin coffee so #winning. Secondly, your date will appreciate visiting a brand-new spot, so kudos to you and thirdly they have a fabulous brekkie menu. We’re talking spicy chickpeas with fresh avo on ciabatta toast, toasted bacon and cheese croissants and delectable Nutella, strawberries and cream flapjacks. Also, you’ll need the energy to boost your confidence so order a glass of their freshly squeezed juice of the day too.

14 Menton Rd, Richmond

010 595 1070


Pauls Ice Cream at The Marc Sandton for heaven on earth
How impressed will your date be when you take him or her to this latest addition to the Sandton skyline? The Marc building is where yuppies and elitists revel and sometimes we all need a little bit of snobbery in our lives.

What to order: Honestly who doesn’t love ice cream? Get a scoop of the birthday cake and a scoop of the rustic carrot cake ice cream, made with freshly baked carrot cake pieces and a spiced caramel, swirled into a cream cheese base. Speechless. You might just get a smooch afterwards, we can’t guarantee it but it’s plausible.

129 Rivonia Rd, Sandown, Sandton

076 319 6124 



Casalinga Ristorante in Muldersdrift for a city escape
We know this location will sweep your date off their feet. Dining out al fresco in the summer sunshine…does it get more fairytale-like? PS: after lunch go for a walk around the impressive organic vegetable and fruit gardens.  

What to order: Expect a Lady in the Tramp moment because pasta is on the menu. We love the lasagne di verdure but perhaps skip the garlic, wink wink. Or try the mouth-watering homemade tagliatelle seafood pasta or go the safe route, minus the slurping, and try the gnocchi dumplings with pesto.

Rocky Ridge Rd, Muldersdrift

087 941 1223 

A Street Bar Named Desire in Rosebank for a liquid lunch
You’ll watch the sunset with a cocktail in hand, peering ever so lovingly into each other’s eyes. Yip this is the ideal date spot for a drink, or three! Perhaps you’re not too sure of your date and eating seems long winded, so we recommend drinks instead.  

What to order: Epic Fornications. Sorry, not sorry, that’s the name of the cocktail. Or opt for the fanciful route and impress your date by ordering the Tennis-ee Williams cocktail; vodka served in a teacup, with passion fruit & litchi juice, lemon curd, verbena liquor, coriander – and a biscuit and if you happen to hear tummy grumbles order some of their bar snacks.
144 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Randburg 

011 268 6485 


Bianca Spinner is the Lifestyle Editor at Hello Joburg Magazine. Bianca is taking strides as in independent woman in the workforce and combined with her deep seated passion and love for her community, she is sure to increase her insatiable appetite for success.

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